UTCS Colloquium/AI: Andrew Gordon/University of Southern California: Reasoning with Millions of Stories Collected from Internet Weblogs ACES 2.302 Friday October 31 2008 11:00 a.m.

Contact Name: 
Jenna Whitney
Oct 31, 2008 11:00am - 12:00pm

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ype of Talk: UTCS Colloquium/AI

Speaker/Affiliation: Andrew Gordon/

University of Southern California

Date/Time: Friday October 31 20

08 11:00 a.m.

Location: ACES 2.302

Host: Bruce Porter

br>Talk Title: Reasoning with Millions of Stories Collected
from Inter

net Weblogs

Talk Abstract:
The capacity for for automated open-do

main reasoning
about events in the everyday world is central to a wide

range of problems in Artificial Intelligence but is also one
of AI
most obvious failures. No systems exist today that
can predict what mi

ght happen next explain how things
got this way or imagine what it wo

uld be like if something
were different except within the context of v

ery narrow
well-formalized domains. The phenomenal rise of Internet weblogs where millions of people tell stories about the
events of th

eir everyday lives offers new opportunities to
make progress on this c

ore AI challenge. In this talk I will
discuss our efforts to automatic

ally extract millions of stories
from Internet weblogs and to use this
text corpus as a case
base for automated open-domain reasoning about e

vents in
the everyday world.

Speaker Bio:
Andrew Gordon is a

Research Scientist and Research
Associate Professor at the University o

f Southern
California''s Institute for Creative Technologies. He is the

author of the 2004 book Strategy Representation: An
Analysis of P

lanning Knowledge. He received his Ph.D.
in Computer Science from North

western University in 1999.